is an American
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comic book creator
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best known for his series Concrete
Concrete is a comic book series created and written by Paul Chadwick and published by Dark Horse Comics. His first appearance is Dark Horse Presents #1...
about a normal man trapped in a rock-hard body.
Born in Seattle, Chadwick grew up in its suburb Medina, where his father, Stephen F. Chadwick, was the City Attorney. As a teenager, he participated in Apa-5, the amateur press alliance of comics fans, and he then attended Art Center College of Design, majoring in illustration. Graduating in 1979, he began his career creating storyboards for Disney, Warner Brothers, Lucasfilm and other film studios, contributing to such films as Pee Wee's Big Adventure
, Strange Brew
, The Big Easy
, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
and Miracle Mile
Chadwick provided art for the Dazzler
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comic book, published by Marvel Comics
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, before creating Concrete
, first published by Dark Horse Comics
Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent American comic book and manga publisher.Dark Horse Comics was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson in Milwaukie, Oregon, with the concept of establishing an ideal atmosphere for creative professionals. Richardson started out by opening his first comic book...
in Dark Horse Presents
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#1 (July 1986). He wrote Gifts of the Night
for DC Comics
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' Vertigo with art by John Bolton.
After working on several Matrix
comics, Chadwick was asked by the Wachowski Brothers to write The Matrix Online
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. He outlined the general story direction (and various natural offshoots) of events to take place in the MMORPG
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He illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering
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collectible card game.
Chadwick has personally been recognized for his work with the Eisner Award
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for Best Writer/Artist for 1989, and nominations for the Harvey Award
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s for Best Artist, Writer, and Writer/Artist that same year. His work on Concrete
has also won that series several awards.